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British noble to advise Md. educational cloud service provider

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David Willetts gives a speech in 2013. (Flickr / Policy Exchange / “David Willetts at his speech ‘Eight Great Technologies’”  / CC BY 2.0  / cropped and resized)

A Maryland firm that provides educational cloud services for online degree programs now lists as an advisor a member of British nobility.

2U Inc. of Landover announced that David Willetts is now strategic advisor to CEO Chip Paucek. Baron Willetts was the United Kingdom’s minister of state of universities and science from 2010 to 2014.

In a statement, 2U said the baron would provide global perspective to the company’s leadership as it attempts to grow. The firm partners with colleges and universities to provide online degree programs.

In a statement, Paucek said Willetts, as a global higher education expert, would help the firm grow internationally. Willetts said he would help 2U form partnerships with universities around the world.

Willetts was created Baron Willetts of Havant in Hampshire in October 2015. He  is executive chairman of the Resolution Foundation, a think-tank tasked with improving the living standards of the poor and middle class in Britain. He is also a visiting professor at King’s College London.

He also serves as the higher education advisory board chair at TES Global, a digital education company. He was a conservative member of Parliament for Havant from 1992 to 2015. He has written widely on economic and social policy. His most recent book,”The Pinch” was published by Atlantic Books.